A number of media outlets, including Fox Sports, ESPN and Athlon Sports have ranked Alabama No. 1 in their way-too-early Top 25 polls. USA Today handicapper Danny Sheridan veered away from that trend when he delivered his SEC power rankings on the Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday.
Here is how Sheridan ranks the SEC East and West divisions along with the top three overall teams in the conference:
4. South Carolina
3. Ole Miss
6. Texas A&M
7. Mississippi State
The whole summer will be filled with debate over which team belongs where. Fortunately, teams will be able to determine the rankings on the field beginning on Sept. 1, when South Carolina and Vanderbilt face off to open the SEC regular season.